On Monday, alongside Prince Charles, we launched You Can Be Heroes week, with the aim - as a nation - of building on the success of the volunteering at the 2012 Olympics.
All week we're looking at the valuable work volunteers do, and first up, Alison Hammond visits Youth United to see how the volunteers really do make a difference.
Youth United is a network of the UK’s largest and most established voluntary and volunteering youth
organisations. It was established by HRH The Prince of Wales and is supported by The Prince of
Wales’s Charitable Foundation.
Members include the Army Cadets, Air Cadets, Fire Cadets, St John Ambulance, Voluntary Police
Cadets, Sea Cadets, Scouts, Girl Guiding UK, Girls’ Brigade and Boys’ Brigade.
Working together, they aim to:
- Increase the number of adult volunteers supporting member organisations
- Increase opportunities for young people to be viewed positively and as active citizens contributing to society
- Attract funding and make better use of resources
- Find out how to volunteer with Youth United
Thank you to all the staff and volunteers at Safeside for allowing us to film at the facility with Youth United. Safeside, although run by The West Midlands Fire Service is also heavily reliant on volunteers for its everyday work educating local schoolchildren and youth organisations about a whole range of safety and first aid techniques.
For more information about visiting Safeside or its facilities, go to: www.safeside.org.uk
Or if you are interested in Volunteering at Safeside or for the West Midlands Fire Service, you could visit the following links: